The Rev. Dr. Jason Poling, Class of 2015, has been called by the Diocese of Maryland as a Mission Developer, serving as Vicar of St. Hilda’s Episcopal Church in Catonsville, Maryland, near Baltimore. St. Hilda’s is a new congregation meeting in a facility whose former congregation left The Episcopal Church. Also meeting in the facility will be New Hope Community Church, an independent congregation Poling helped to plant in 2003. St. Hilda’s and New Hope both plan to partner as much as possible in worship, children’s/youth, outreach, and other ministries. Poling will continue to serve as the main preacher at New Hope, and mentor the congregation’s Associate Pastor.
A graduate of Williams College, Poling earned his M.Div. from the Seminary of the East which has since merged with Bethel Seminary and a second Master’s in Theology (Biblical Studies) from the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, where he serves on the Executive Board. He received his D.Min. from Biblical Theological Seminary. He was subsequently called to The Episcopal Church and received his S.T.M. from The General Theological Seminary before being ordained in the Diocese of Maryland in 2015.
Poling is past President of the Eastern Region of the Evangelical Theological Society, and a current Fellow of the Christian Leadership Initiative. He lives in Reisterstown, Maryland, with his wife, Mary, who is an oboist, and his daughters, Kara and Alicia.